December 8, 2011
With 40 Melges 20s spread out over Biscayne Bay, establishing yourself in the front group is not easy and if you do get there, gains and losses were exchanged rapidly. The best option throughout the day was to put the blinders on to what was happening on the other side of the course and focus on your own area, and having the ability to catch the last shift into the mark was the biggest difference maker. The nice, steady 12-14 that the forecast called for never materialized, and we were left with a 7-12 Northerly breeze that was swinging through 50 degrees.
Our first 2 races on M and M were good enough to be considered keepers, however the third race of the day, we found ourselves OCS and staring at a lot of transoms when we re-rounded. Catching back to mid-fleet was a good effort, but having to utilize a throwout this early was not in our gameplan. A quick look at the top 15 boats shows that everyone had a deep finish, and we need to do our best to stay behind the line and continue to allow our new found speed go to work.
Time for sleep….full results. 3 long races scheduled on Friday.
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